Review: Grey's Anatomy - Blink
by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:40AM
(S06E11) I'll be the first person to admit that I loved Addison on Grey's Anatomy, but I hate Private Practice. Whenever crossovers happen, I never watch the Private Practice half and yet the storyline isn't lost by me. It's one of those ABC ploys for me to watch another show, and I'm not having it. The episode did make me miss Addison. She melded perfectly into Seattle Grace with her interactions with Callie, Bailey, Mark, and Derek as if she wasn't a guest character.
Overall, the episode continued its strong, character-driven direction this season and felt like a return to the core characters with Bailey's frankness, Cristina's determination, and Meredith's stereotypical facial expression she gives.
One season ago, Mark was a womanizer and now he's a mature grandfather-to-be? I still can't understand how Mark's character took a quick turn over the holiday season, defending a girl he never knew over the woman that he fell in love with. I get that he's a concerned father, but the fact that he was hovering over Addison in the surgery was out of line for anyone. Addison was right: he should have been in the viewing room and trusted Addison, whom he personally called.
I am disappointed. Lexie was the one that matured Mark to be in a monogamous relationship and then a deus ex machina turns him into a mature father. Lexie clearly has to become the Grey with all the relationship drama now that Meredith is happy with Derek. Lexie was growing on me, too. Let's hope they don't screw her character up even more.
Was it really a learning lesson or total torture that Teddy forced Cristina on the one paranoid patient? There's a degree of jealousy between Teddy and Owen, and she took it out on Cristina. I don't appreciate Teddy's teaching skills. The fact that she sat back and read the magazine, not even looking, is deplorable. I hope she's like this with all the residents. On the other hand, Cristina still needs to learn the idea of patient interactions, concerns, and care. Her discussion with Meredith about gut instinct versus informed choice, paralleling the fact that she had to use her gut instead of her information. In the end, I'm not surprised that Cristina blurted out that she would be willing to ditch Owen to further her career.
Derek finally put the math together: Bailey and Meredith have been covering the chief's problem. It's interesting to see how far Bailey and Meredith went to not tell Derek. Were they afraid that he would actually form a coup against the chief? Meredith should have told someone about the drinking issues a long time ago. Watching the surgeries and one-on-one time may have helped her, but the chief continued to drone on about Meredith's mother instead of the techniques. The idea of being a hero was referenced; will Derek be the one to save the chief?
As for the small things I loved the quick shot of Arizona and Callie in the shower. I still don't like Charlie (or Jackson, but he wasn't around this week). Who else was a little taken aback by Bailey's taste in men? Finally, I would rather have a cheating Alex than the return of Izzie (she should be back next week).
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